Today’s message summary of August 13, 2017 from Pastor Gus Brown:
No one wants to see people falter outside of Jesus Christ. With this in mind, God is looking for someone to stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30). Not everyone can do it.
God is looking for those people who are willing to make a difference as ambassadors in this world…ready to serve at a moment’s notice. He is looking for people to teach and encourage others. It is God’s priesthood that is the example for others. The priesthood is the people of his church, who have a heart of compassion for others and desire to minister to others.
The priestly office carries on today within the church.
People who come to church may often have the mentality that they are to be served by the church (and perhaps even entertained), when in actuality, it is the people that need to learn and understand that they are the ones who are being prepared to serve others.
Is the church more about worship or more about an experience?
When people come to church the big question is the same as one would get when going to a restaurant…”What can I get you?” or “What can I do for you?”
Starbucks isn’t just about coffee. It is about the coffee drinking experience.
The birthday is not about the homemade cake anymore. It’s about Chuck E. Cheese or wherever you go to have a birthday experience.
People won’t come to a church that is boring. What qualifies as boring is defined by our own experiences.
The role of the pastor, the priesthood, once seen as shepherds and teachers, has evolved to that of a circus ringmasters and clowns who shout out to come to the Greatest Show on Earth.
The problem with external experiences, as Moses discovered, is that the transformation doesn’t last. In a few days, over time, the glory begins to fade.
What do we want people to value, remember or experience when they come to Akron Alliance Fellowship?
When people hear or see the name of Akron Alliance Fellowship, they need to know what they are going to get…the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is all we have to offer.
There is no show to put on–just the teaching of the Word. (Even the music that is presented before the service should be that which glorifies God.)
The Priesthood was organized to take care of the tabernacle, the Temple and the Scriptures of God in order that those who entered into a relationship with God may be properly served in a manner in which God had provided.
The duty of the Priesthood is to keep the lights burning. Light is also a representation of knowledge and understanding.
The Lord spoke to Moses: “Command the Israelites to bring you pure oil from crushed olives for the light, in order to keep the lamp burning continually. Aaron is to tend it continually from evening until morning before the Lord outside the veil of the testimony in the tent of meeting. This is a permanent statute throughout your generations. He must continually tend the lamps on the the pure gold lampstand in the Lord’s presence.
You are to command the Israelites to bring you pure oil from crushed olives for the light, in order to keep the lamp burning continually. In the tent of meeting outside the veil that is in front of the testimony, Aaron and his sons are to tend the lamp from evening until morning before the Lord. This is to be a permanent statute for the Israelites throughout their generations.
The light is the Light of life for people.
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.
The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.
You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand,
and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
1 John 1:5
Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.
As a priest, you are responsible for keeping your light full of oil (represented by the Holy Spirit) shining in your life.
You are responsible to light up dark places in this community. You are to keep your light before others in order that they can see in the dark.
We have the responsibility of taking care of the things belonging to God, which are His people.
The Lord said to Aaron, “You, your sons, and your ancestral family will be responsible for iniquity against the sanctuary. You and your sons will be responsible for iniquity involving your priesthood. But also bring your relatives with you from the tribe of Levi, your ancestral tribe, so they may join you and assist you and your sons in front of the tent of the testimony. They are to perform duties for you and for the whole tent. They must not come near the sanctuary equipment or the altar; otherwise, both they and you will die. They are to join you and guard the tent of meeting, doing all the work at the tent, but no unauthorized person may come near you.
“You are to guard the sanctuary and the altar so that wrath may not fall on the Israelites again. Look, I have selected your fellow Levites from the Israelites as a gift for you, assigned by the Lord to work at the tent of meeting. But you and your sons will carry out your priestly responsibilities for everything concerning the altar and for what is inside the curtain, and you will do that work. I am giving you the work of the priesthood as a gift, but an unauthorized person who comes near the sanctuary will be put to death.”
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? For we are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said: I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people. Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord; do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.”
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything that belongs to the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle–is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.
You are responsible for how you dress and your appearance. Remember your position in life. You are not just an ordinary person running around in the world. You are a priest, a saint and an ambassador. You are representing more than just yourself.
You are to weave the tunic from fine linen, and make an embroidered sash. Make tunics, sashes, and headbands for Aaron’s sons to give them glory and beauty (dignity and honor). Put these on your brother Aaron and his sons; then anoint, ordain, and consecrate them, so that they may serve Me as priests.
There are two different reasons for this dress style. They were not to look like the rest of the people of Israel.
- To give them dignity
- To give honor…conduct oneself in high regard and be respected
Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.